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Graduate Bulletin

Sociology, M.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications are evaluated as they are received throughout the year.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence, wherever possible.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

An applicant's undergraduate and graduate coursework is evaluated.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Urban Studies, among others, is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should provide the reason the applicant wants to attend graduate school and describe her/his career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required.  A combined score of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal sections is expected.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Writing Sample:

The writing sample should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and to write a scholarly paper. The writing sample may be on any topic but no more than 25 pages in length.  It must be fully referenced according to a professional and scholarly style.

Transfer Credit:

Students may request a transfer of credit for up to two courses of graduate work done at other institutions if they were not used to fulfill the requirements of a graduate degree earned elsewhere. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Two courses in social theory:

SOC 8111:  Classical Social Theory

SOC 9111:  Contemporary Sociological Theory

Three courses in methods of inquiry:

SOC 8011:  Logic of Inquiry

SOC 8221:  Qualitative Methods


SOC 9221:  Theory and Practice of Statistical Sampling


SOC 9231:  Methodology of Social Surveys

SOC 9211:  Data Analysis

Two classes in statistics:

SOC 5211:  Statistical Methods in Sociology

SOC 8211:  Inferential and Multivariate Statistics

Five electives, including three in research

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Sociology
713 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Dr. Shanyang Zhao


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Shanyang Zhao


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Shanyang Zhao



Dr. Rosario Espinal


About the Program

The graduate program in Sociology is devoted to the training of research scholars and educators in the discipline. Students have a variety of career goals, ranging from academic research and teaching to research and administration in private or public agencies. Most students that complete the M.A. degree enter social research settings in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Main, Center City

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Sociology
713 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages students to participate in seminars in other social sciences, including Anthropology, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Psychology, Urban Education, and Urban Studies.


The program is affiliated with the American Sociological Association.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The Department offers two distinct programs of study in Sociology. The master's program provides students with advanced training in policy-oriented research skills, with a regional emphasis on the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It is especially designed for those who already work in agencies where such skills are used and who wish to upgrade their qualifications. The doctoral program prepares students for research, teaching, and advanced work in applied settings. The program allows students some flexibility in developing additional specialties within the Department, in special cases incorporating studies in related disciplines.

Job Placement:

Graduates of the M.A. program are typically employed as applied researchers and administrators in private and public agencies.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may take as many as 9 credit hours of coursework. These may be applied toward degree requirements upon matriculation. The particular courses taken on a non-matriculated basis must be approved in advance by the graduate director.

Financing Opportunities

The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty members in classroom and laboratory instruction, conducting tutorial and discussion sections, and grading quizzes.

Updated 4.15.09